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Year in Search: Google reveals the most popular flight searches in 2022

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(CNN) — Google has released its annual roundup of the year’s search trends, which covers a wide variety of topics, including tourism.

It’s no surprise that travel-related searches have taken on a huge boost in 2022 as more and more destinations have reopened and ditched Covid-related regulations like mandatory testing.

Among the various data released by the tech company is a list of the top 10 trending destinations on its Google Flights online flight booking search service, which gives clues to where Americans want to go this year and at -of the.

One key thing to know about this data: there is a difference between “most searched” and “most trending”.

A Google representative explains that “‘trend queries’ are searches that saw a large increase in traffic over an extended period of time in 2022 compared to 2021.”

Europe’s great comeback

Four of the top 10 destinations searched for by US-based Google Flights users – London, Paris, Rome and Lisbon – are in Europe, which has seen a booming summer travel season this year.

American tourists have returned in droves to Europe, particularly France, where they have been credited with “saving” the country’s summer vacation season.

Although Lisbon’s popularity may simply be because it’s a nice place to go on vacation, it’s likely that some of the searches were for one-way tickets.

Portugal offers a range of visas that make it relatively easy for Americans and other non-EU citizens to settle there. In fact, even Madonna lived in Lisbon.

Asia mobilizes after the Covid

Overall, countries in Asia have been much slower to reopen than their European relatives. As a result, the Asia-Pacific region is set to lose its title as the world’s largest tourism region this year.
This could explain why Ho Chi Minh City topped the Google Flights trending list. Vietnam reopened to tourism in early 2022, while other traditionally popular countries like Japan and China remained closed.
A wave of new hotels opening in popular destinations like Phú Quốc and Ke Ga Bay, both located in the south of the country and accessible via Ho Chi Minh City, doesn’t hurt either.
Meanwhile, India’s two major hubs, Mumbai and New Delhi, were also on Google Flights’ US listing. India reopened its borders in late 2021 and US passport holders can apply for travel visas online.

Canada calling

Since Canada dropped the last of its Covid-related travel restrictions on October 1, searches in the United States have increased.

Vancouver landed in eighth place on the Google Flights trending list, while Toronto finished fifth.

However, the huge influx of travelers landing in Toronto ended on a different, less distinguished list earlier this year – Pearson Airport was named the world’s worst for flight delays and cancellations during peak season summer.

Top 10

Here is the list of the top 10 Google Flights destinations in the United States for 2022.

1. London, UK

2. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

3. Paris, France

4. New Delhi, India

5.Toronto, Canada

6. Rome, Italy

7. Bombay, India

8.Vancouver, Canada

9. Lisbon, Portugal

10. New York, New York


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